The Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) has presented the city of New Berlin with a local government achievement award for the development of a customized GIS planning application. Dave Haines, associate planner of the city of New Berlin, accepted the award. The application makes available to residents of the community current property information such as setbacks, zoning, aerial photos, etc. The information is readily accessible on a computer terminal that sits on the front counter at New Berlin city hall. Alissa Bails, president-elect of WLIA and GIS division manager of R.A. Smith & Associates, and Don Dittmar, a member of the WLIA board of directors and land information system manager of Waukesha County, will present the award to Haines on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the New Berlin common council meeting.
The local government achievement award is presented to a local, municipal, town, county or tribal government or consortium that has used Wisconsin Land Information Program (WLIP) funding to further land records modernization. The city of New Berlin application was recognized in the category that provides recognition for exemplifying the goals of the WLIP as to innovative and efficient use of resources. The Wisconsin Land Information Association (WLIA) represents a collection of concerned professionals working to develop, maintain, and apply a network of statewide land information systems. WLIA members include staff and elected officials from all levels of government, academics, consultants and other private sector users of GIS. The organization is united by an interest in land records modernization, GIS, and related technologies, and by the need for government policies and programs that support their efficient and effective application.